Shipping your car can be an overwhelming task. With so many companies offering “the best price” how do you figure out which price really is the best price to ship your car? We’re here to help you with that and are going to cover the essential areas of car shipping you must know.
5 Tips to get the best rate when shipping your vehicle
1. Getting the facts – Speak to someone and use common sense
Call the company and ask specific questions such as what their ratings are, what their business address is, what their website is, and how long they’ve been in business. Gut instinct is often correct. If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. One of the last things you should discuss with them is price. When you finally discuss the price find out what is included and if they require a deposit up front. If they ask for a deposit up front, run the other way.
2. Do your homework
Check reliable industry-specific review sites like transportreviews.com and search the company’s name and phone number. Make sure the company is at least 5 star rated. Check their licenses and certifications to see if they are qualified and in good standing to provide the services they claim they can deliver. If they are not willing to provide this information, then inform them you are not interested and hang up the phone. Make sure the licenses are not expired and that the names and addresses match with what they are giving you.
3. Selecting the right carrier
At the end of the day you will only be able to make one selection for who will be trusted to move your vehicle. You will quickly weed out several companies right off the bat. After you have narrowed it down and compared at least 3 quality companies then pick the company that feels right to you and has the verified reviews and licensing to back up that feeling.
4. Reading the fine print BEFORE YOU SIGN:
DO NOT SIGN any documents you have not read through completely and understand. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask questions. It’s much better to get your questions answered before something comes up than after. Do not make assumptions. If you are unsure about anything, make sure to speak with your shipping coordinator and don’t rest until your question has been answered to your satisfaction. Do not sign the bill of lading when you pick up or receive your vehicle until you have THOROUGHLY inspected the vehicle.
5. When you’ve already been scammed:
If you’ve already been scammed, contacting the right authorities as quickly as possible is important. There are statutes of limitations and if you have already signed for the vehicle, your options are extremely limited at best. Our client services department can provide you with the latest resources and contact information for your specific geographical area and situation, even if you’re not a client of ours. For many more free tips and free information click here or call toll free 888-532-8805.
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